ICE SKATING at CANAL PARK

10 or more people means admission AND skate rental is $7.00. Just be sure and mention my name (Patricia Zingsheim) or Washington Backpackers Meetup Group.

If it is a downpour the rink will close, light rain; keep skating! If in doubt, you can call the skating rink at[masked] or call me on[masked]-2834.

We will skate at this stunning new public park on the site of the historic Washington Canal in the heart of DC’s Capitol Riverfront neighborhood. The skating rink meanders .......

through the park recalling frozen canals of northern Europe and perhaps the Washington Canal itself, as historical records suggest that ice-skating occurred on the Tiber Creek in winter during the 19th century. Canal Park just opened this November on the site of an abandoned and contaminated bus parking lot; a model for sustainable park design.

Opening Night (Model Environmental Design - http://www.canalparkdc.org/about/sustainability)

THE WINTER PICNIC Bring your favorite holiday cookies and/or other treats to share. Kathryn and I will bring the hot chocolate, marshmallows, and a few other goodies.

CHARGES

Adult Admission - $8

Seniors (55+), Military, Children under 12 Admission - $7

Skate Rental - $3

  

 

METRO

Navy Yard Metro (New Jersey Ave Exit) on the Green Line. Click here for walking directions from the Metro to the Park.

Capitol South Metro on the Orange/Blue line. Click here for walking directions from the Metro to the Park.

DC CIRCULATOR

Union Station--Navy Yard Route via Capitol Hill. The Circulator costs only $1 and runs every 10 minutes weekdays 6am - 9pm, Saturdays from 7am - 9pm, with extended weekend and evening service for Nationals game days. Click here for a route map and hours of operation.

PUBLIC PARKING

Parking is available at the surface parking lots off of 3rd St. Click here for a map of the parking lots.

BUS

Multiple Metro bus routes including the A42, A46, A48, P1, P2, V7, V8, V9 have stops along M Street, SE. Visit the Metrobus website here for bus route map and hours of operation.

BIKE

Check of the DC bike map here for a list of roads with bike lanes and bike trails. Canal Park has bike racks clustered throughout the park.  Capital Bikeshare is also conveniently located at the corner of M and New Jersey Ave., SE and at corner of First St. and N St., SE.  Visit any Capital Bikeshare station and for just $5 a day, enjoy access to bikes throughout DC and Arlington. For more information on monthly and annual memberships, visit www.CapitalBikeshare.com.

WALK

Canal Park is walkable from Capitol Hill. Click here for walking directions from Pennsylvania Ave, SE and 3rd St, SE.

 


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  • A former member
    A former member

    Sorry I didn't make it... Thought weather had cancelled it. Can we have a do over? Never ice skated & want to nail my 1st tripple axle!:)

    December 28, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    We had the rink to ourselves!!

    December 21, 2012

  • patricia z.

    All it takes is one or mopre Washington Backpackers plus Jim Newman to make it a great time AND when did bad weather ever deter WBers?

    December 21, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Thanks to Patricia and Kathryn for organizing this. Despite the hour and a half it took me to drive downtown, the rink was lovely with lights; we had the rink to ourselves, and found a great corner bar afterwards. Look forward to another evening skating!

    December 20, 2012

    • A former member
      A former member

      This was fun, nice meeting you all!

      1 · December 20, 2012

    • Jim N.

      Wonderful time Kathryn and Patricia, thanks for a sweet Christmas Party!

      December 21, 2012

  • Creme B.

    Had to work that - sorry to miss this! Please have another one soon!

    December 21, 2012

  • Chris L

    Got off work late and now the weather does not look good. Would love to do this another time!

    December 20, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Will arrive in 15....

    December 20, 2012

  • Jim N.

    95 is a parking lot south from Baltimore, so will not get there in time, so enjoy!

    December 20, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Is there a plan to meet inside somewhere if it rains or reschedule or relocate (Reston ice rink)?

    December 20, 2012

    • A former member
      A former member

      Heide - I called the ice rink, and they say they stay open in the rain. using another rink requires them to have an open public session. Balston does on Wednesdays, Reston is good but a bit far from our planned meeting point. Ft Dupont has no public skate tonight.

      December 20, 2012

    • A former member
      A former member

      If we get completely rained out (which I doubt will happen) ... I plan to see the Christams stuff, lights etc at national Mall after skating anyway on my trip home. It's indoors and might make a decent rainy day bail out plan if we get flooded. See - http://dc.about.com/o...­

      December 20, 2012

  • patricia z.

    Heide,

    We could go to an indoor rink if this rink closes due to a downpour, assuming there are enough cars for everyone who arrived by metro to get there and a way to get back to their homes.

    December 20, 2012

  • Aileen

    Looks like rain :(....I'll keep an eye on the weather before I head out.

    December 20, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi there, I've never ice-skated before, but would love to try it...should I/can I sign up?

    December 17, 2012

    • A former member
      A former member

      Make sure you bring thick socks and lace the boots up tightly!

      December 19, 2012

    • A former member
      A former member

      thanks guys, I decided to get out of town instead, but I'm still game for my first ice skating experience sometime this winter! Have fun!

      December 19, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Friend of mine gave me a pair of hockey skates. I have never slated on them. Is it easy to learn on them or should I try learning on regular skates?

    December 19, 2012

    • A former member
      A former member

      The rental skates they have there are brand new. never a bad bet. Hockey skates will be easier to start out on, having no toe pick. but figure skates have a wider longer blade and a different rocker - so you can spin.

      December 19, 2012

    • A former member
      A former member

      Spin???? So no Port before I skate? :-)

      December 19, 2012

  • KingsleyC

    have a conf call end by 5pm. maybe a few min late.

    December 19, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    If you want a way to secure your personal items while skating, there are benches at the rink that have cubbies underneath. You will need to bring your own lock, however.

    December 19, 2012

  • Chris L

    Is it ok if I bring my training wheels?

    1 · December 18, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    I'm really looking forward to this one! I LOVE skating!!!
    Anyone want to swing by national harbor after skating to see the lights and Christmas stuff?

    1 · December 18, 2012

  • patricia z.

    Carla, you will do fine with all of us semi-amatuers and a few real athletes to help you get started. Gotta love the ice!

    December 12, 2012

  • Bruce

    What a great idea! I can't make that night, but I hope you schedule another one after the holidays!

    December 11, 2012

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